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Healing Transitions Hits Major Milestones:

1,000 Graduates and 1 Million Beds of Shelter


 RALEIGH (April 23, 2018) – Healing Transitions, an addiction recovery program in Raleigh, marked two major milestones in its history this month: graduating 1,000 participants through the recovery program and providing 1 million beds of shelter to homeless men in the community since the program opened in 2001. In addition, Healing Transitions has provided 330,000 beds of shelter to women at its women’s campus since 2006.


“Since we first opened 17 years ago, our priority has been to provide caring, compassionate support to anyone who walked through our doors, ready to begin their recovery journey,” said Chris Budnick, Executive Director at Healing Transitions. “I am proud of all of our staff and participants who have worked tirelessly together to make this happen.”


Healing Transitions is the only long-term, peer-based recovery program in Wake County that provides on-demand services, and individuals can remain in the program as long as needed until they’re in recovery.  The non-profit provides peer-to-peer recovery services to homeless and underserved individuals with alcoholism and other drug addictions. The program is free to all participants, and unlike typical 28-day programs, they can stay as long as needed for a full recovery. It is designed to rekindle a person’s desire and ability to return to a meaningful and productive life. The organization serves over 290 men and women each day, and 76 percent of the program’s graduates remain drug- and alcohol-free one year after graduation.


“I’m forever grateful for everyone at Healing Transitions,” said Mario Hairston, the 1,000th participant to graduate from Healing Transitions’ recovery program on April 19. “There were nights when I was sleeping under bridges and in abandoned apartments, and I just prayed for a way out. And now, ten years later, I’ve found it here.”


“I’ve been through two other treatment programs but none were like this,” Hairston added. “Other programs were all about the outside problems – helping me get a job, pay my bills. But Healing Transitions addressed the exact nature of my addiction. It got at the heart of the problem for me, and that’s why I’m here today.”


Watch videos and read stories from other recent graduates to learn more about the lasting impact Healing Transitions has had on the community.


Fast Facts on Healing Transitions

  • It costs $37 to provide support services to one person per day. A national survey recently found that every $1 spent on treatment saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs.
  • Since opening in 2001, Healing Transitions has provided 1 million beds of shelter on its men’s campus and 330,000 beds of shelter at its women’s campus.
  • 1,000 men and women have graduated from Healing Transitions’ recovery program.
  • 98 percent of alumni are in stable housing one year after graduation.
  • 90 percent of alumni find employment within one year of graduating.
  • Healing Transitions provides support services to those in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Together with its other community partners, Healing Transitions has helped to reduce homelessness in Wake County by 25 percent.



NC Governor Cooper Visits Healing Transitions


February 20th, 2018 – Healing Transitions Men’s Campus – We were honored to have Governor Roy Cooper visit and tour our men’s campus Tuesday. He spent over an hour with us and learned everything about our program and how Healing Transitions helps individuals find recovery. He also had the opportunity to hear inspiring recovery stories from participants and staff.


When speaking with our Clinic and Health Services Coordinator, Kathy Thomas, she shared that he took the extra time and effort to not only understand the program at Healing Transitions but to also understand the recovery process. “I let him know that I am celebrating over 20 years of recovery and he asked a bunch of questions. He was genuinely interested in my story and my recovery.”


From all of the staff and participants we would like to thank Governor Cooper for taking the time to visit our campus and for his support of recovery. View the photo slideshow below to follow along with Governor Cooper on his tour of Healing Transitions.



Healing Transitions Names Chris Budnick as Executive Director

The Board is confident that Budnick will successfully lead the nonprofit’s current program in Wake County and its expansion in the state.


April 6, 2016 Raleigh, N.C. Healing Transitions is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has chosen Chris Budnick as Executive Director. Previously serving as the Vice President of Programs, Budnick will oversee the organization currently serving Wake County, and will continue to lead expansion efforts in Greenville and Wilmington.


“Chris Budnick has been with the organization since 2000 and is the perfect person to lead us into the future,” said David Fitzpatrick, Board Chairman. “His abilities have helped Healing Transitions become a flagship that truly sets the standard in promoting recovery from substance use disorders and ending the cycle of homelessness.”


Healing Transitions remains committed to providing world-class, peer-led recovery programs and systems of care. Among other achievements, the nonprofit has provided over 1 million beds to those in need, delivered an inconceivable amount of simple human services and provided hope to those seeking recovery.


“It is an honor to serve Healing Transitions as Executive Director,” said Budnick. “I’ve been involved since the very beginning because I strongly believe in our mission and have witnessed the tremendous impact recovery has made upon those we serve, their families and communities.  I know that by lowering and removing barriers to initiating recovery and providing long-term recovery supports, we as an organization can continue to empower people to live full, meaningful and productive lives.”



About Healing Transitions
Healing Transitions, formerly The Healing Place of Wake County, has transitioned to a new name to reflect our expanded range of services including both outpatient care and expansion in other cities and counties within North Carolina. Healing Transitions will continue to be a non-profit organization designed to empower people who are homeless, underserved and suffer from substance use disorders transition to a fulfilling life.